July 2018 – Newsletter



We are now well into the summer season with one of the longest (very) hot spells we have experienced for many a long day.  What can we look forward to later? Our next Open Day is from 10-12 noon this coming Saturday the 21st July.  Hopefully, we will recruit some new members as a result. This will be followed by our Club Finals when I hope to see a lot of you turning up to watch your fellow members fight it out for the trophies.  It looks as though – for the first time in many years – that the weather will be kind to us.  Fingers crossed!  Other things to note: the Club is producing a Diversity/Inclusion policy and Safeguarding Policy & procedures in line with LTA Guidelines.  With regard to the latter, Gary Payne has been appointed as the Club Welfare Officer.  Full details of these new policies will be available in due course.


The Courts

Can you give up a couple of hours to tidy up the court surrounds on the lower 4 courts?  We need to control the weeds inside the courts, and shutter up the small area between courts 3 & 4 (the top green ones) and courts 7 & 8 in the far corner.  Please contact me if you are prepared to help and which time(s) is/are best for you.


Fund raising/Future Events

The 100 Club is in need of  more members signing up.  The cost is only £48 a year (less than a £1 a week) and there are 2 prizes each month, one each of £30 and £15.  Could I please encourage you to contact Bernie, our Treasurer, and sign up today!

The next two events after Finals day are an American tournament planned for the August Bank Holiday Monday and a quiz in September.  Watch the notice board for further details.

Tea/coffee is available after social play (at any time not just the organised social play sessions) at a cost of 50p per cup.  Coffee and tea bags are kept in the ball cupboard, as is the money jar.  Just like the Council’s car parks, overpayments are acceptable if you don’t have the right money! Please wash up and dry your cups afterwards.

If you have any new ideas for fund raising, do please let me know.



Thanks to all those who have joined using ClubSpark and who have been patient while we continue to bed the new system in.  Those of you not yet registered (you need Internet access to do this) are invited to do so.  Our aim is to run all Club admin – particularly membership renewals/applications and payment of subscriptions – through ClubSpark from April 2018.   From that date, subscriptions will not be payable through the existing 3 cheque system.  You can pay either in a single lump sum or by monthly Direct Debit through ClubSpark.  Details of the amounts involved can be found on the Club website at www.crescenttennis.org. Alternatively, you can pay by cheque direct to Bernie, our Treasurer.  As I have said before, please be assured that this LTA-sponsored tool is as safe to use as anything on-line can be these days.  Your data is not passed on to any third parties and paying your membership fee through the system is just like buying any other product through the Internet.  As detailed above, it also enables us to offer members payment of subs via direct debit thus spreading the costs.


Committee Work

Vacancies remain on the Committee.  We are looking for a new Chairman and Vice Chairman. These are important roles which must be filled if the Club is to be run effectively.  Are you willing to put your name forward?  To give you an idea, the Chairman provides leadership for the Club as a whole; sets the agenda for all formal meetings, manages the discussion and summarises conclusions reached; produces an Annual Report; manages the coaching contract; and represents the Club at Sports Club meetings.


Sidcup Sports Club  (SSC)……

SSC members are entitled to a 5% discount on all bar purchases on production of  an SSC card.  To obtain one of these you will need to email the SSC Treasurer, Ian Anderson, at  ian.anderson@btinternet.com with your name, address, phone and email details.  Mention that you are a member of the Tennis Club as this is needed for SSC records.



The usual reminder to please not leave any debris on the courts.  The court tidy-up gang are fed up with picking up drinks bottles, paper cups, ring pulls, sweet/crisp packets etc.  Bin it when you come off court please!

Please also release the net tension if you are last on any court.  This helps reduce wind damage to the posts etc.  And make sure the courts and the ball cupboard are locked please.

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